Hi Susan, I see you are doing your share in the kitten department. We have three litters, and feed wildcats as well. There are three kittens in the wildcats population here. I can't bear to see them go hungry, so we continue to feed them. We are having all of our cats, spay or neutered, two a month as we can afford to have them done. I love to see the kittens play and run, but we don't want anymore kittens. I know right now there is an over abundance of kittens. Our are tame, litter box trained, and healthy. Good luck finding homes for your kittens. I am still trying, otherwise, we will be kitten poor.
Our Romeo was neutered last week and had no problems at all. He is more loving and back to playing and enjoying life again. His back is looking so good. He still has a few bald spots, but I guess that is to be expected.
I want to thank you all for helping us to meet our $4000 dollar goal. You've all been great. My surgery went well today and I am now wearing an arm cast. Having to do this by iPhone microphone, I don't type so well one- handed. Romeo is doing well today. Thank you all for making this goal a reality. You are all such awesome people. God bless you and all that you do, is my wish for you.
I have tried to end the fund, but don't know if I am going to be able to or not. I wish we could meet our goal so it would be finished because I am having hand surgery tomorrow. I will not be able to type for a while. Romeo does not have a face book page. I could set one up but it will be a while before I can type after tomorrow. If you will just go to my face book page, Sylvia Autrey, I will friend you, and put posts on about Romeo. I know a lot of you thought my name was Vicki, but she is the lady at the vets office who set the fund up for Romeo. I have never seen so many loving people as all of you have been, in our hour of need. Donations have stopped anyway, so I thought this would be a good time to end the fund. I have everyone of you written down by name, so I will know you, if you want to be friends.
Everyone of you have been such a great support team. You have given me encouragement and helpful advice. You opened your wallets and hearts, for this I am eternally grateful.
It has been such an inspiration to see how many people value their pets as I do. I wish I knew of more people willing to be good pet owners, as I have a few cats 6 months to just now eating real food, that need good homes.
Romeo will be neutered as soon as his back is completely healed. Does anyone know of a place that will neuter and fix female cats reasonably? It needs to be near the Terrell, Greenville, Wills Point, Texas area.
When you have multiple cats to have fixed, it is quite costly.
Romeo's bills were massive, so we call him our 5,000.00 dollar kitty. If you could have been there to see the pain in his eyes when he got burned, you would have rushed him to the vet, too. All I could think of was, get him some help. I am usually calm in stressful situations, but I was almost out of it. I almost couldn't function, but I knew I had to calm down and handle the situation. Thank God, he gave me enough sense to call several vets before I left the house. When I talked to Van Zandt Animal Care Center, they agreed to see him. Another one closer to home, turned me down.
I knew he need immediate attention, and didn't want to waste driving time, so I thought, call first. If I hadn't gotten him there quickly, he could have died from shock. God was with us, and Romeo got to live.
I finally did the photos to import. I am posting them. As you can see Romeo is almost well again.
I want to thank each one of you for being a part of Romeo's healing. If it weren't for your donations, Romeo would not have gotten the care he needed. Each and every one of you are awesome people, with loving hearts and souls.
I'm not the best picture taker, and I didn't get pictures of his whole back in any of these pictures that would show you the whole picture at once.
I'm hoping more hair will grown in than he has now. I am seeing some new growth in places. Anyone who is interested in little Romeo's, please email me.
I had intended to put pictures of Romeo's back on here tonight. But for some reason my computer keeps telling me there are no new pictures to import. Romeo has a lot of scarring on his back and the burns that are not healed have scabbed over now.
His bandages are back on again, and he is getting more hair back than I thought he would. Although, I am pretty sure he will not have hair down the middle of his back.
I took 3 pictures of his wounds before he was bandaged again, they would have shown the scarring and the places that are still healing. Maybe I don't have enough new pictures to import.
Romeo was very good while his bandages were changed. I know he will be glad when he doesn't have to wear them. I'm sure he gets hot under all the bandages. I'm not sure that my pictures would have been alright with Gofundme to post anyway.
I want to thank all of you who have sent me information on how to discourage spraying from male cats, and get odors out. I tried to answer each email that I was sent, but in case I overlooked anyone, I want you to know that it wasn't intentional. I have jotted down the information for future reference. Your information was very helpful and I will be trying it.
These are pictures of Romeo hanging out in the living room and kitchen, that I took last night.
When I said that Romeo was acting like a cat again, wow is he ever. He walked over to his daddy last night and marked him with his scent! I thought it was funny, but his daddy didn't.
I'm wondering if anyone knows about the spraying that male cats do to mark their territory? When he is neutered, will that stop the spraying? If not, does anyone have any advice on how we can stop him from doing this?
I'm sure if he would have sprayed me, I wouldn't have thought it was so funny. Thank you for any input you can offer. Everyone have a great day.
Romeo's progress was very slow at first, it seemed we almost lived at the vet's office, because we were there so much. We have made some new friends, and feel we are part of the family at Van Zandt Animal Care Center. Romeo made a lot of new friends, both online and at Van Zandt Animal Care Center.
So now I see it's true, if you look hard enough, you can find some good that came out of the tragedy that Romeo has been through. I am grateful that a lot of you have written to me, encouraged us, given advice, and followed Romeo's progress.
This has shown me that there are so many good people in our world. I believe there are more good people than bad ones. I thank you all for helping me to see this.
Romeo got his bandages changed yesterday. His back still has places that aren't healed.
The healing process is very slow. I would post pictures but they would show blood, so I can't put the pictures on the site.
The place between his shoulder blades is the worst spot. Romeo wants to scratch, I'm sure it is itching. The itching is a good sign that it is healing. I am grateful that he is improving, little by little.
Romeo got his bandages changed today. He still has places on his back that are bright red, like blood. He has come a long way. His burn area, that has still not grown new skin, continues to shrink in size. He still flinches when medicine is put on the burn areas. Romeo has started to sing to the kitty in the looking glass again. I didn't think he would ever do that again. I like to think his spirit is healing also.
We have almost reached out goal! Thank you all for giving to help Romeo. I've prayed God's blessing upon each one of you, both individually, and as a group. My prayer is for all of you to be blessed a hundred fold. I can't put into words how thankful we are for your help. I am blessed by the number of people who care. I wish I could say that the person who burned Romeo had been arrested, but I have heard nothing.
Romeo, sitting on his window sill, and I believe he could have been talking back to me. He is beginning to clean himself a little bit now. That is so encouraging to see him do that again. He is starting to act more like he used to.
Romeo got to go outside with his daddy today. As you can see, he was all for it. It was a supervised outing. He would have liked to stay out there. This is the first time he has gone outside, except for taking him to the vet.
Please, let me make a correction to the earlier updates. I stand corrected, there is no such thing as a window 'seal', it is a window 'sill'. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. When I get too old to learn, I pray I'll be dead. Until then, please forgive my error.
Looks like we've had a little set back. Without the bandages to protect his wound, he has scratched the burn area. Now he is bleeding. We are going to have to cover the area again, with gauze for protection, and put his thunder vest back on him.
I have great news! Romeo is being weaned off his pain medication! In this picture Romeo is getting a pain injection, but it is a smaller dose. Look how good he is being. The second picture shows what Romeo's back looks like now. He is almost there! Today Romeo has no bandages, we are to put ointment on the red area, and take him back in a week, unless it starts to look bad. The pink area around the red will probably never grow hair. But his burn was much larger, and some of the hair has grown back.
All of you are awesome human beings, for loving and caring about God's creations. I'm posting another picture of Romeo at the vet yesterday. Please know how special you are, to have such loving hearts.
Romeo went to get his bandage changed today. Sorry I am so late getting this posted. He has gained 3 ounces, and he was very good for the vet today. He didn't hiss or show his teeth at all today. He also got another pain injection. He is in purple today. I like him in purple.
Romeo was burned by a bad person 2 months ago. This has been a long time for us and probably for Romeo. He suffered greatly. I don't know how much of his hair will grow back. His ears are shorter and he will never be as beautiful as he was. He has overcome against the odds, as he could have died. Your donations made a difference. Thank you for opening your heart to Romeo and his need. Medical bills have exceeded donations to the degree that we will soon be doing as much as possible ourselves at home. Fortunately, Romeo is over the worst part.
As I promised, here is Romeo, in bright blue today. He has gained some weight! He weighed 7.6 lbs. today. He got a little agitated when he had some hair shave off around his wound. He hissed and showed his teeth. He doesn't like cold medicine being injected for pain, he hissed and showed his teeth, again. Other than that, he was a good boy. He was ready to go home as soon they got him bandaged.
Romeo goes to see his vet family tomorrow, VZACC. I will be posting another picture, and an update. Be looking for another good picture. Van Zandt Animal Care Center has been so good to Romeo. They really care about each and every animal, just like it was their own.
I got to see my Van Zandt Animal Care Center family today. I did very well for my bandage change and got to play with a little girl named Landrie while I was there! I am getting better by the day! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way! ~ Romeo
We are so grateful, to each and every one of you, for helping us with the costs of Romeo's treatments. All the prayers offered up for him were a beautiful donation by itself. All of you are awesome kind-hearted individuals. You have given me renewed strength, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Go to Romeo's update, the one before this one with the silhouette of the dog and cat. Click on the tiny picture at the bottom of the page, then click Romeo mustache you a question. You will see Romeo's new picture, wearing his MUSTACHE, he's quiet handsome.
Romeo came to Van Zandt Animal Care Center again today for another pain injection and a bandage change! He was a great boy and decided to play and act silly with everyone, Romeo continues to heal and is starting to even act like himself again
Monday we go, once again, to Van Zandt Animal Care Center. Three days goes by pretty quickly for us. Our Romeo has got the routine down pretty good. He knows when he is put in the carrier where he is going. Hopefully, we will get some new pictures to post tomorrow (Monday). I will post another update tomorrow.
Today was the day Romeo got his bandages changed and another pain shot. When we went to put him in the carrier, he didn't really want to go. He is feeling some better, he is getting a little feisty. His wounds are coming along nicely.
Our Romeo had his bandage change today, he got an antibiotic shot as well as a pain shot. He laid there nice and still while the wound was cleaned. Romeo meowed softly a few times, but was such a good boy. Considering all that he has been through, he was very patient and was such a good kitty. Please keep praying for him. His weight is staying the same, he is holding his own.
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes for Romeo. Romeo is not up for adoption, he has a good home. The expense for his burn treatment, bandage changes, and pain injections every three days is quiet costly. That is why we have asked for your help. We want to give him everything he needs to get well and keep him as comfortable as possible while he is healing. Burns are very painful. If anyone has any information about Romeo's burning, please contact SPCA. There is a 2,000.00 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons who did this.
Romeo has gained two more ounces in weight. He got beautiful cammoe bandages today, with his name on them! Romeo also got a pain shot, he gets one every three days. Thank you all for the prayers as well as the donations.
Went to see the Van Zandt Animal Care Center family today for a bandage change and pain injection! I have gained a few ounces and my skin is looking better and better! Thank you all for your support, good thoughts, and prayers!
In March, Romeo was severely burned by a very bad person! He has undergone several medical burn treatments and has to have bandage changes and pain injections routinely while he is healing. Any donations to help with these medical bills are greatly appreciated!
Ok group I hate to leave things unfinished. Dr. Wingo and his staff have done their part. Romeo's mom is still doing her part. We need to finish our part. I kick started us with $25.00 today all we need now is $75.00 to reach our goal. I know we can do this for all the Romeo's whose story does not end so well. Have a Blessed day! Darlene
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